Birthplace of Michael Collins

At home with Michael Collins

On a tour of West Cork, one of our most enjoyable days of the trip was spent in Clonakilty. Clonakilty is a bustling town about 1 hours drive from Cork city. It is known for its pudding but we were there for a Michael Collins tour with Tim Crowley from the Michael Collins Centre. Along with seeing some of the rugged West Cork countryside we … Continue reading At home with Michael Collins

Deck of Cards houses in Cobh

Next stop Queenstown

On the Friday evening after St Patrick’s day, we drove onto Cobh for a night and stayed in the Commodore hotel, this old world hotel overlooks the promenade in Cobh.  Our room was spacious and had high ceilings and big sash windows, although they probably could do with a visit from Francis Brennan!  The hotel reminded me of the TV show Boardwalk Empire.  It is situated … Continue reading Next stop Queenstown

Blarney Castle

A prison and a castle

We spent a week travelling around Cork, focusing on the Kinsale to Kenmare coastal route which is now part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We started off our trip to Cork city and spent two nights here over St Patrick’s. We stayed at Gabriel’s Guesthouse, which is a large old period house which looks like it might have been used as a convent in the … Continue reading A prison and a castle